Streaming Media


0:01 Introduction; 0:50 Life before service; 6:28 Entering the military; 11:02 Learning Logistics; 14:23 First Assignment; 17:43 Challenges in Alaska; 20:26 Leaving Fairbanks for Australia; 21:29 First impressions of Woomera; 24:55 Life in the village; 30:04 Moving to Nebraska; 31:48 Responsibilities in Nebraska; 35:12 Entering the Gulf War; 37:09 Culture differences in Riyadh; 40:17 Entering Dharahn; 43:12 Dangers of the Middle East; 47:26 Going off base/ impact of prayer schedules; 50:33 Royal Air Force Base in Cyprus; 52:20 Secret mission in Cyprus; 58:02 Moving to Iceland; 1:01:35 Lurking Russian Bomber; 1:03:21 Moving to Tampa/ New technology; 1:05:23 Feelings coming back to the U.S; 1:08:32 Big move to Fort Belvoir/ New Pressures; 1:13:45 Working in the context of 9/11; 1:15:12 Overall experience at Belvoir; 1:16:07 Dover AFB; 1:17:21 Deployment to Qatar; 1:20:14 Difficulties in Dover; 1:24:00 New assignment in Alabama; 1:27:26 Moving with family; 1:29:07 Abrupt retirement; 1:33:03 Life after the Air Force; 1:37:00 Awards; 1:37:39 Take away from the service.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Gainesville (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War



Begin/End date of Service - 1st

October 1985

December 2011

Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

Logistics Readiness Squadron; Communications Squadron; Logistics Readiness Squadron/Civil Engineering Logistics United States Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia; Det 1 Cyprus (Project Olive Harvest); Icelandic/NATO Defense; Joint Communications Support Element (Tampa Florida); Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)J-3/4; Logistics Readiness Squadron (Dover AFB DE) Air Force Logistics Management Agency

Location of Service

Alaska; Australia; Nebraska; Saudi Arabia; Cyprus; Iceland; Tampa (Fla.); Fort Belvoir (Va.); Dover Air Force Base (Del.); Gunter AFB (Ala.)

Highest Rank

Senior Master Sergeant; SMSgt; E-8

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Meritorious Service Medal; Commendation Medal


The veteran was involved in: Missile Warning; Project Olive Harvest; Foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia; DLA Logistics Metrics production for Armed Forces; Enterprise Resource Planning development for DLA and USAF. He has won Meritorious Service Medal (three times) and other medals.


Was in the first and second Gulf War.

City of Birth


Country of Birth



Louis, Oswmer

Interview Date

Fall 10-17-2017

Location of Interview

Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida


Major, Charles; Persian Gulf War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES University of Central Florida


Louis, Oswmer

Length of Interview

101 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


video / mp4; DVD


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type